The Teen Happiness Lab took place in Fernie at the Arts Station this past weekend. Photo Submitted

Fernie Youth Action Network strives to empower teens

This weekend’s workshop was called The Teen Happiness Lab

My name is Easton Fieldhouse and I am just one of the many youths here in Fernie. I absolutely love this place, and I think it’s one of the most beautiful and opportunistic places you can live in. The Fernie Youth Action Network (FYAN) is an amazing program that is trying to make as much possible for the youth here in Fernie, and they are succeeding! Whether this is providing fun activities like arcade nights on particularly boring weekends or helping prepare the Fernie youth for life after high school with events like the Teen Happiness Lab that was run this past weekend.

Alana Rybar, the coordinator for FYAN, ran the Teen Happiness Lab this past Sunday, February 9. This was an event aimed to help teach the youth of Fernie to learn the tools to help build confidence and improve their lives through finding their strengths, working on connection, and building confidence wherever it’s needed in their lives. Through scientifically-backed surveys and research, the aim was to educate the teens of Fernie on what they can do to improve everything in their lives, and the program was more than a success!

This was one of the most beneficial events by FYAN I’ve been to. It was really gratifying to go in-depth about our brains, habits and learn new ways to feel happier. I am absolutely going to make a habit of implementing all the good habits I’ve learned into my daily routine, like making an effort to implement more social connection with others into my day. Before this weekend I had no idea how much a good night of sleep can help improve your mood, grades and overall health (it’s a lot).

The FYAN plans on making more programs like the teen happiness lab and I couldn’t be more excited! This is a great chance to help the youth of Fernie find their path and learn important skills that they will need when they’re older, whether it be life after graduation or the things happening in their lives right now. It is essential we provide plenty of present and future support to help better the youth of Fernie. In the long run, it will better the community and every person that lives here and it’s programs like the Teen Happiness Lab that are crucial in making that happen.

It was really amazing to go learn how to better myself in daily activities and be the best me possible. I am looking forward to learning more about how to pursue my passions and live a healthy, and successful life. I’m extremely grateful for this program and its information. They are truly helping me make my life better and I am truly grateful.

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